Gag order lifted: Key suspect proclaimed himself commander of “ISIS Palestine” in local chapter of the Islamic State group.
• Members were trained to butcher sheep to “harden their hearts.”
By Israel Hayom Staff
Seven residents of the Galilee were arrested in December and charged with establishing a local chapter of the Islamic State group, Israeli media reported on Sunday, as the courts lifted a gag order on the case. The seven, all Israeli Arabs, have been charged with affiliation with a terrorist organization and contact with a foreign agent.
A jihadist demonstration in Iraq – Photo: AP
According to the indictment submitted Sunday to the court, the suspects regularly met with a well-known Salafi sheikh in northern Israel to discuss the principles of the extremist Islamic sect. According to the prosecution, the sheikh convinced them to wage jihad. In June they allegedly decided to join ISIS to “punish infidels,” among other things.
One of the key suspects is attorney Adnan Ala a-Din, who, according to the charges, served as a military instructor for the group. The prosecution asserts that a-Din told the other defendants that he represented security prisoners, and declared himself the commander of “ISIS Palestine” — the local chapter of ISIS in Israel.
A-Din made headlines during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge when he used his Facebook page to urge the murder of Jews. According to the charges, a-Din had members of the group butcher sheep with their own hands in order to “harden their hearts.” He instructed them how to make Molotov cocktails and helped them become comfortable with the sight of blood, the prosecution said.
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